Illinois. With a former governor in jail and a ranking as the third most corrupt state in the nation; inexplicable abuses of power are the norm. Still those abuses of power generally should not favor high-ranking members of major hate groups.
The Nation of Islam styles him its “Supreme Captain” — a potential successor to his controversial father, Minister Louis Farrakhan. But when he’s working for the Harvey Police Department, Mustapha Farrakhan is just a regular part-time cop. If, that is, he’s actually working for the Harvey Police Department.
Farrakhan, 52, certainly has a police badge from the crime-plagued south suburb. He drives an unmarked Harvey Police squad car, complete with flashing police lights, and parks it outside his home at night. And he’s been registered with the state as a gun-carrying Harvey cop since 2006.
But he hasn’t worked a single shift in more than four years, according to state records. If he’s ever made an arrest, Harvey’s police chief is unwilling to discuss it.
Officer Farrakhan does, though, appear to do “police work” off-duty, more than a dozen miles outside Harvey city limits, in Chicago, where he uses his Harvey squad car’s lights to stop traffic and escorts his father’s unofficial motorcade, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation has found.
Harvey appears to have outsourced some police powers to Farrakhan Inc. That’s not entirely unusual in Illinois where there is a distinct surplus of dirty connections between Farrakhan’s people and the Democratic political establishment.
The unusual arrangement that allows him to carry a concealed gun into places where regular citizens can’t, and to drive a police car, despite apparently failing to do regular police work for the suburb that employs him, may be especially useful to the man who leads the Nation of Islam’s “Fruit of Islam” security detail.
Neither Farrakhan, his close pal, Harvey Mayor Eric J. Kellogg, nor the Nation of Islam responded to requests last week to discuss it.
All this would be an inappropriate arrangement with any organization. It’s wildly inappropriate when dealing with a major hate group with a long history of violence.
During the decade since Mayor Kellogg was elected, two officers have been convicted of felonies. One, Kellogg’s close ally Archie Stallworth, was caught in a federal sting transporting what he thought was 30 kilos of cocaine.
The other, Detective Hollis Dorrough, illegally returned a gun taken in evidence to a suspect’s dad — on Kellogg’s orders, he claimed. Civil lawsuits alleging police brutality and worse have also stacked up.
Just two months ago, the city agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged Kellogg and Dorrough conspired to frame a man after their stash of cocaine was stolen.
This isn’t just petty corruption and influence peddling. It’s a corrupt state within a state. And it becomes more significant when you consider Farrakhan’s calls for secession.